The Dead Fish
The Dead Fish

The Dead Fish

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thedeadfish.com/
  • Phone: 5107873323
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily 11 am - 10 pm
    Weekend and Monday Holiday Brunch 11 am - 3 pm
  • Payment Options: Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Prime Rib
  • Executive Chef: J. C. Becerra
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate your private party of ten in Nemo's Nook, sixty in Vera's Lodge, and any number in between.
  • Private Party Contact: Gene Moreland 5107877280

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pomona
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have two large parking lots.
A word from The Dead Fish
Enjoy spectacular views of the new Carquinez Bridge and serene San Pablo Bay while dining on the lushly planted patio with heated and cooled cabanas and twinkling lights. Unique weekend brunch with specialty cocktails. Specialties include 100% USDA Certified Prime, Prime Rib and whole Dungeness crab. Unique dining rooms for an intimate dinner or a large group. "We may have a funny name but we're dead serious about our food!!"
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Dead Fish reviews from OpenTable diners
438 reviews since April 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (372)special occasion (270)great for outdoor dining (262)romantic (170)good for groups (154)great for lunch (146)great for brunch (136)neighborhood gem (122)fit for foodies (106)kid-friendly (79)hot spot (63)vibrant bar scene (55)late-night find (46)notable wine list (29)Show More
  • I asked for a view and I got one!
    AuntieMVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The Dead Fish has two things going for it: the crab and the view. In my reservation, I requested an outdoor view table and they definitely provided it. The weather cooperated too for a great evening. The crab was good but not the best we've had there. Yes, I know it's not the season but it wasn't quite as decadently buttery and garlicky. Side note, we ordered a Chop Chop salad that wasn't bad. Then, our friend ordered the cole slaw - which was exactly the same thing. The server insisted it was different but it had all the same ingredients, same dressing and same look. If it's really not the same, change up the dressing or something....
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Coming home from wine country
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Always excellent. One of my favorite coming home from wine country as the corkage is free
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Experience Overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I've said this time and time again...this place is good...good food...good service and a great view...the problem I have is the price...I think they are over priced on many of their items. For instance...2 brunch items along with 2 drinks...over $52! And Like I said...it was good...but not $52 good. If we didn't have a gift card, it would have been hard to spend that kinda $$ on that brunch.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great time! Great food! Great place! Our party had a fun time celebrating my good friend's birthday. The atmosphere was incredible. The views spectacular. Overall a great experience!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELICIOUS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    LOVED THIS RESTAURANT. THE FOOD WAS GREAT AND THE AMBIENCE OUTSTANDING, AS WE WERE SEATED OUTSIDE.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eehhh
    redshawnstark
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We sat outside, great view! My husband had the whole crab and wasn't impressed with it. I had the surf n turf with bone in filet and the crab. Steak was good but agreed with my husband on the crab. And it was served with some kind of sauce on the side for the crab. I thought it was butter but it wasn't, not sure what it was but it tasted like crab water. We gave gift cards for this place so maybe we'll give it another shot.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had a reservation, so when we got there we had to wait a minute which was ok, then they took us to are seat and we were there for 15 minutes and not one wait staff ever came to are table. Very poor
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently Good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We recently dined at The Dead Fish for my husband's birthday. Thankfully, he was born in the Summer, so his birthday celebrations can be outside. We enjoyed a yummy dinner with a wonderful view if the Carquinez Strait, the Maritime Museum, Mare Island and Vallejo on a warm evening. The Dead Fish consistently offers good meals at reasonable prices, and who can resist the "no corkage fee" policy? Our server Wesley was knowledgeable, professional and appeared at just the right times. The candelabra and free birthday dessert were a very nice touch. We will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Always enjoy my time here, it's quiet and the view is calming, the menu is diverse, the food excellent and service with a smile.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best
    RLBAD
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Overwhelmed by the quality of the food. The best that I have had in memory. Just a great place for a special occasion. Go there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    whois99
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I had fun here, I've eaten at "The Dead Fish" before. This time was different, I was by the fireplace. Perfect for a date!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service
    liketoenjoy
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Received appetizer before drinks, then salad and food before we finished appetizer all with in 10 minutes. No room on table for everything because it all came at once Waitress only came by occasionally Not sure to return
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but Pricey
    Asinglemomof4
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I took my family for brunch & was hoping to sit outside but wasn't offered that so we sat near the window (I had reservations through Open Table & noted that we would like outside seating). Food was good but I thought brunch was $9.95 as noted in their website but when we saw the menu, it stated $10.95 - Family of 4 for brunch came out to be $103.00! They even charged for orange juice refills (4 small glasses for $15)!! We enjoyed the food and the service; however, it's way too over priced. This will be a place to go for a VERY special occasion (or maybe once every 2 years, or if I win the lottery).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food and view is spectacular
    Rst1211
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food is good, not great, very pricey. Sit outside if at all possible great view of the bay in the bridge
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding night!
    Chris
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We brought some new to the area friends for dinner on Saturday night. The food and service were outstanding! Our friends have family coming in from out of town and are going to bring them to dinner here. I have been to dinner here 5 times now and we have never had anything to complain about! I can not say that for other restaurants we have been to. A little out of the way, but, well worth the drive!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a very enjoyable experience!
    dougsgirl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food is always great as is service. Have been dining here for many years & never disappointed. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Parking
    Nick
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Tough to find parking around on Fridays night and weekends
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    superb food, incredible view, friendly but slow service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seafood dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    It is a bit expensive but the appetizers and dinner are excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Empty crab legs
    Peach535
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We spent almost $300 on a party of 5. We ordered the crab feast for 4. Almost ALL of our crab legs were EMPTY. There was meat In the body, but not the legs! Strange. When we alerted the waiter he seemed shocked yet did nothing to bring us a replacement crab. No compensation at all.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost great...
    Boondocker
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We met another couple for lunch and ordered the sea bass with olive oil poached topping and veggies (you get several choices for toppings). The sea bass was outstanding as was the couscous but the veggies (broccoli and asparagus) were not edible. They burnt them and they were beyond al dente! They were just plain hard and tasteless. Lovely view of the Carquinez Strait and nice service. One diner ordered the crab enchiladas which he said were excellent and the other diner ordered grilled shrimp and put it on a Caesar salad...also excellent. We've eaten here again and would return but would hope they could improve on their veggies.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JohnNSac
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Very good brunch selection. Our group of 7 also shared the seafood combo of grilled mussels, shrimp, and crab. Quite tasty. We were just a little disappointed that the meat in the mussels really shrank from the grilling. Best feature is the patio seating with gorgeous view of Carquinez Bridge.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dead Fish anniversary lunch
    takingtimeforthetwoofus
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My wife and I stopped in here at the recommendation of one of her friends. We had just spent the weekend in the Napa Valley celebrating our 32nd anniversary and were heading down Interstate 80 back home. It was a beautiful day so we made a reservation from our phone and dropped in for lunch. We enjoyed the ambiance, the food and the great view of the bridge and the straits below. As we were leaving we discovered that there is a great dining spot outside that overlooks the water that we will definitely have to try next time as we both love eating outdoors. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent
    JohnMike
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    have had better when it comes to Dead Fish, was recommended by an old friend. If you are in the neighborhood it's a great find. My opinion I'd still rather go to other places.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • enjoyable
    goodlooking
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We were a group of 4 who each had a different meal. Started with the calamari, brusetta & asparagus appetizers. All 3 excellent. Had raves for the bone-in beef filet, calamari steak & basa. I had the mussel & shrimp skillet. Mussels were great...next time I'll order without the shrimp. For dessert, we shared the chocolate bomb & tiramisu...would recommend them both.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I will never be back!!! This place is definitely overrated. My husband got the combo - crab, mussels and shrimp. Everything was very salty and overcooked. The mussels barely had anything in them. The shrimp was barely edible because the shell was stuck to the meat. The crab was also very overdone and oversalted. And they don't give you any bread with that combo!!! I pay $40 for the combo and you can't even give me some bread with it? I ordered the angel hair pasta. That's the one star on the review. Our tab is over $100. I would have done a better job cooking all this food at home for half the price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will try again ....
    FoodVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Very nice views and a nice spot to stop when in the area. The downside for us was the tables being so close to one another that you cannot really talk without having tables on both sides here everything you say. It felt like owner trying to fit too many tables. Felt like cafeteria atmosphere. The wait staff was good but erratic. Fish and chips were great. Calamari was good,njust a bit greasy. Fish stew was balnd with too much broth to fish ratio. .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No Lemon For You - Birthday Dinner
    PrincessFoodie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I request a table4 2 at the window w/view or patio w/view. I made the res time intentionally late knowing they get busy on wknds &was prepared to wait. They immediately seat us mid-restaurant in a booth. I ask them if they read the OpenTable reservation and she says w/attitude that they try to seat everyone right away and don't pay attention to that. ?? So they seat us on the patio against the wall on a busy walkway. The waiter was attentive, the artichoke app was good but needed lemon, my guy orders prime rib I got the shrimp&crab platter. Both shrimp and crab were overcooked & dry w/no lemon in sight. I asked for lemon& was told they do not serve the shrimp&crab platter w/lemon???? WHAT??? $147 + tip. Will not be going back. A shame.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TonyVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    As always...great food and service. And, great corkage policy keeps me coming back several times a month!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a little too crowded on this eve
    adspecialts
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We came on a busy night and four of us sat at a table better suited for two. Our knees were touching under the table and there was not enough room for our plates. Had to place an extra chair next to our table to place condiments tray and water glasses so we could comfortably eat. Food was good as always, but hoped for a little better accommodations considering that we had Birthday reservations. Oh well.....better luck next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bella5865
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Sadly, we were celebrating a significant family event and our experiennce was not positive. Too bad, because we've visited several times before and it was good. Outdoor cabana table and birthday dessert were the only pleasant memories, on a beautiful warm summer evening. Perhaps because it was in the middle of the week, or they have recently changed management? Round of mojitos were boring - could not taste the rum or mint. Since it is not crab season, we opted for pasta/fish dishes. Food was bland, not flavorful at all. Looked & tasted like we were served left-overs. Calamari was okay. Won't be back anytime soon.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place
    Cool
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Bomb food Quick waiter Everythings amazing Definitely go again Not that expensive
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    The food and service was amazing! Do not leave without trying the sizzling crab fest! There was nothing like it...ridiculously amazing! I have to go back because there are a ton of other entrees that I would like to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Seafood
    NicefindVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Food is delicious service outstanding and view fantastic. Also found out they do not charge a corkage fee. They have an okay wine selection but next time will bring our own.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not enough side dishes
    justme
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I had the crab which was excellent. Not enough side dishes they had to offer. I settled for fries. The waiter said the garlic noodles were not that great after I told him my expectations. Otherwise the crab was good
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still pretty good
    LQChris
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We frequent The Dead Fish (I think this was about our tenth visit). So the food is clearly pretty good. I don't know that it's quite the caliber that it used to be. But it is still good. Service is becoming a little spotty over time. Specifically the timing of serving salads and meals. Otherwise, you still can't beat this place for good seafood and other entrees.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was a great restaurant.
    LETJULY
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I had always wanted to go and now I'm happy I finally went. Plan to make it one of my regular dining places.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good find
    NapaDaveVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Been driving by this spot for years over on the bridge. Finally stopped in for lunch, Got a great outside table for 2, gorgeous view of the bridge and river. Immediately got our water (when are we going to stop automatically serving water to everyone?) What drought?? I ordered crab chowder, a disappointment, it was actually a thick gooey clam chowder with a dollop of crab meat on the top. The spoon could stand up, just too much flour. Companion had crab Louis, was generous with crab and overall very nice. I also had steamed clams. They were perfectly cooked, a dozen as advertised and very plump. These looked like cherry stone clams, not the New England steamahs. I'll go back, just steer clear of the chowdah.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Feel ripped off
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    I ordered the beet salad with shrimp for about $20. The waitress brought me a bread-sized plate with two pieces of lettuce, half a teaspoon of goat cheese, and maybe three beets cut into tiny pieces. On top, was the shrimp. When she first gave it to me, I thought it was just the shrimp and she would be bringing me the salad separately. But that was it. The waitress got an attitude when I pointed out how stingy the salad was. On the way out , I asked for the manager. He said the portion of the beets on the salad had been reduced in the last few weeks because of prices and the drought. He said I was the second person this week to complain, and agreed it wasn't right. But he didn't offer any kind of compensation. We won't be going back.
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  • Lovely Ambiance
    gabriellerae
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The service, ambiance, decor, and the view all made our brunch here fabulous. The bread and butter served before our meal was delicious, but I had to ask for my plate to be returned to the kitchen twice and eventually settled on just eating an oversize goblet of fruit. Overall, the food itself wasn't very impressive but other guests did remark that their seafood was incredibly fresh and flavorful. (I don't eat seafood so I'll take their word for it!) Our server was prompt, our glasses stayed filled to the brim, and fresh bread was brought to our table as soon as we gobbled up the latest portions. Definitely worth a visit, if only for the view!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate